What Are Some Facts About Mechanicsville, Virginia?


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Mechanicsville, Virginia, is located in Hanover County on the eastern side of the state and is home to many historical sites, attractions and museums. Mechanicsville has ties to several major American Civil War battles, dating back to June 26, 1862, with the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek, which was part of the historical Seven Days Battles. The Battle of Gaines Mill, which was third in the series of Seven Days Battles, also took place in eastern Mechanicsville.

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Mechanicsville, Virginia, is also the site on which the Battle of Cold Harbor was fought. Part of the battlefield is preserved at a historical site known as the Watt House, and is part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. The Cold Harbor Village Shopping Center was named for the battle, and Westhaven Lake sits within the boundaries of the battle site as well.

Several locations in Mechanicsville are listed and protected on the National Register of Historic Places, including Hanover Meeting House, Immanuel Episcopal Church, Rural Plains, Cool Well and Laurel Meadow.

Sightseeing is popular at Rural Point in Mechanicsville, which overlooks the historic Rural Plains and also offers views of nearby Richmond International Airport.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond are the closest locations for secondary education, boasting a high enrollment of Mechanicsville residents. The Mechanicsville census lists an approximate population of 37,915 as of July 1, 2015.

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